Tell Me, Tree by Gail Gibbons Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

'Tell Me, Tree' is a book by Gail Gibbons that gives loads of information about trees. Use the activities below to help students sort that information and make connections that will help them learn all they can from this book.

Tell Me, Tree

Tell Me, Tree is an informational book written by Gail Gibbons. It clearly explains many different facts about trees including the different kinds of trees, their purpose, and how trees reproduce. The activities below have been created for use after reading Tell Me, Tree to students. Intended for use with elementary learners, these activities can be used to help students truly connect with all that is going on in this book.

Author's Purpose

Materials: writing paper, pencils

  • Begin with a quick review of the different purposes authors have for writing (to persuade, to entertain, to inform).
  • Talk about the author's purpose for this book. What can help you determine the author's purpose?
  • Put students into groups of 2-3.
  • Give each group writing paper and a pencil.
  • Instruct each group to write a title at the top of their paper by copying and completing this sentence:
    • ''The author's purpose for Tell Me, Tree was to ... ''
  • Next, instruct each group to write five sentences that prove that this is the author's purpose.
  • Walk around as students write to be sure they are using complete sentences and that they understand how to prove author's purpose.
  • Once finished, have each group read their sentences to the class. Allow for discussion if needed.

How Does a Tree Help?

Materials: drawing paper, crayons or colored pencils

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